Tag Archives: gospel

Eternal Life and the Everlasting French Fry

I remember to this day the first time I was able to eat an entire cheeseburger from McDonald’s.  It was kind of a big deal.  My brother and I would usually get Happy Meals when we were younger, and would usually be disappointed by the toys—but nonetheless, they were still fun. The McDonald’s we would […]

‘Do we see God in the Supernatural, or in the Embrace?’

We are power hungry.  It is easier for us to find comfort in power, to find security, or a sense of safety.  But I wonder if our lens of power has darkened our eyes to a different picture of God. Mark  moves beyond stories of weeds and seeds and birds and trees to talk about the Way […]

Going in Pieces; Living in Pieces

When you get a song stuck in your head, you play it over and over again.  Your mind sits on repeat, your steps start walking in sync with the beat of the inaudible rhythm in your head… can’t get away from it.  This happens to me when I read books, too.  Certain phrases, stories, words, […]

kenosis; going in pieces

After reading Insurrection, a few thoughts that are sticking with me. The liturgical enactment of suspended space draws us into an environment where we can begin to free ourselves of the dreams that we have been raised on and begin to dream new ones, something that will involve imaging, debating, and enacting genuinely alternative modes of […]

If & When; moving from winter into spring

Many thanks to Christine Sine for hosting us at a Gardening Seminar a few weekends ago.  Her insights about gardening and spirituality have influenced some of the thoughts I was able to piece together in discussing the analogy of “vines and branches” that Jesus uses to describe a new kind of community. The story used: John 15 […]

You are In. You are Blessed.

My first “official” sermon at Trinity/Pointe of Grace. November 6: All Saints Sunday Gospel: Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: The Beattitudes The Kingdom of God is like a Mustard Seed. The Kingdom of God is like a woman baking bread. The Kingdom of God is a farmer who planted seeds. It is a man searching […]

Kool-Aid Jesus & “Ode to the End of the World”

If you grew up in or anywhere near a church with some sort of children’s ministry–or ever had school picnics or potlucks…or ever had a childhood for that matter… you’ve experienced Grape Kool-Aid. In 1931Edwin Perkins, in Nebraska, had the idea to remove all the liquid substance from a fruit drink he created and packaged […]

Happy Endings

I love watching movies. Comedies yes, please. Send me out of my chair onto the floor–stomach throbbing, eyes drenched with tears, unable to breathe laughing so hard the tiniest bit of pee comes out. Horror movies…ok, I’ll go for it. But the guts and blood-in my opinion-don’t always make the best scary movies. Romantic/Chick flicks, sure, […]

Dying Congregations [part 2] The Church Must Die

After somewhat of an optimistic look at congregations, I feel a footnote of sorts should be added. While I still maintain the Church in Christ cannot die I must also say with equal certainty–the Church must die. After discussing my last post with the Hubs, he posed one question that I completely overlooked at the […]

“To Be A Revolutionary”

To Be A Revolutionary by Dee Dee Risher You cannot love money or the things it brings, though the years will come when you will think all your sacrifices for the cause entitle you to something (now the seductive part– what really, do you deserve for choosing that which is right?) You cannot love power […]